A Look at the Numbers: Virginia Tech’s Offense

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Virginia Tech’s offense has been the hot topic of discussion since the
Chick-fil-A Bowl meltdown on December 30. An offensive line that couldn’t
block Georgia’s front seven, and a quarterback that turned the ball over four
times in the fourth quarter were the main culprits in Atlanta, but those aren’t
the only games the Tech offense has lost in the past few years.

Virginia Tech is 31-8 from 2004 through 2006. That’s very good. There is no
way around that fact. The Hokies have won at least 10 games in all three seasons
and are arguably the best program in the ACC.

But they could be better. In six of the eight losses over the last three
seasons, it has been the offense that has lagged behind the defense, and that
has generally gotten the finger pointed in their direction as the reason for
each loss.

September 25, 2004 — NC State 17, Virginia Tech 16

Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall was sacked 10 times by the NC State
defense, and the Hokies were held to 36 yards rushing on 43 carries. Tech gained
just 192 total yards of offense for the game.

Meanwhile, the Tech defense held the Wolfpack to 223 yards, including just 78
through the air. Bud Foster’s defense dominated NC State’s offense for the
entire game, but even at home, the offense couldn’t do enough to win the game.

January 3, 2005 — Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13 (Sugar Bowl)

Auburn entered the Louisiana Superdome undefeated and feeling cheated that
they did not get a shot at the national championship. They also featured future
first round NFL draft picks in quarterback Jason Campbell, running back Cadillac
Williams and running back Ronnie Brown. All three of those players are currently
starting in the NFL.

Despite all the offensive talent, the Hokies held Auburn to 299 yards of
total offense. Brown and Williams combined for 33 carries for 129 yards, much
less than the production they were used to.

The Tech offense, despite out-gaining Auburn, couldn’t do enough to get the
win however. Bryan Randall threw two interceptions, a touchdown pass was dropped
and a short field goal was missed. For the second time that